Free Basic Art Classes

The Irving Art Association
offers free basic art classes for adults to get you started in art or in a new medium.

The Free Basics Classes follow a progressive sequence where you will learn basic skills via instructor demo/lecture — exercise —-practice. The series is designed for beginners to a particular art medium. Expect traditional as well as new and nontraditional materials and approaches.

Registration is open for the Fall 2017 classes

Location: Jaycee Park Center for the Arts, Irving. Held on Thursday evenings from 7 – 9 pm. Doors open 6:30 pm.

Supplies:  Basic supplies are provided. Please bring whatever extra supplies you wish to try out. (paint, brushes, paper, etc.). Wear old clothes or bring an apron.



2017 Schedule:

Thursday evenings 7-9 pm at the Jaycee Park Center for the Arts

FALL 2017

  • September 7, 14, 21 Digital Photography Sylvia Cunningham
    Description:  iPhone Photography – Enhance composition and hone your creative eye as you experiment and have fun learning basic photographic & composition techniques, photo apps and tips & tricks to take better pictures with your phone. Explore ways to photograph your artwork for promotion and social media.
    REGISTER for Digital Photography
  • October 5, 12, 26 Drawing Instructor Ruben Contreras
    REGISTER for Drawing
  • November 2, 9, 16 Calligraphy Instructor Angie Vangalis
    REGISTER for calligraphy

These classes were held earlier this year:

  •  January 5, 12 & 26 Acrylic Printmaking with a Gelli Plate Instructor Sharon Giles
  • February 2, 9 & 16 Fiber Arts instructor Laura Griffin
  • March 2, 9 & 16  Pen & Ink & Calligraphy Instructor Angie Vangalis
  • April 13, 20  & 27 Painting – Oil/Acrylic Instructor Jane Kahler (note date change)
  • May  4, 11, 18 Spinning & Knitting
    instructor Ameda Holmes  
  • June 1, 8, 15 Watercolor
    instructor Beverly Boren  

Followup Intermediate Classes to the Free Basic Classes:

Sign up for these fee–based classes and utilize the skills learned in the basics. To register and for more information concerning cost and supplies, contact the instructor offering them.

Thursday evenings 7-9pm


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7 thoughts on “Free Basic Art Classes”

  1. Hello! I am very interested to join the art classes – to see whether I have any bit of talent in me. Have always been inspired by the grandmasters and how art has changed over the centuries. But I have never received any professional training. Would love to be part of this group to see if I have it in me!

    1. Hi Madhurima,
      We’ll be posting our free Basic Classes for Fall in late July. To receive an announcement, please join our mailing list IAA Updates.
      Sharon Giles, webmaster

  2. Hi!
    I just subscribed by email, and hope to take the upcoming Drawing and Sketching Basic Art Classes for the Fall, but need a little help finding the online registration form.
    Could you let me know how to find the online registration form for the Fall Free Basic Art Classes which meet on Thursdays from 7 – 9 pm?

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